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Black residents in Ferguson, Missouri are hoping for justice in the Michael Brown case but they are also bracing for the worst possible scenario: That a grand jury in St. Louis clears Police Officer Darren Wilson of shooting the unarmed teenager to death on August 9. A flurry of private meetings are taking place in St. Louis these days with black community leaders, local politicians, federal investigators and law enforcement officials who are already preparing for possible civil unrest if a federal grand jury decides not to indict Wilson.

While the grand jury is expected to make its decision in November, anxiety in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, intensified over the weekend after The New York Times reported that Wilson said he feared for his life moments before he shot Brown. And forensic tests have found the blood of Michael Brown on the gun, uniform and police car driven by Wilson. Many black residents are skeptical: They feel that leaks from grand jury testimony through the media are specifically designed to garner support for Wilson’s version of events in the court of public opinion.

“Many black folks here believe this is a set-up to let Wilson walk,” said one black longtime St. Louis resident.

I was in Ferguson in August to cover Michael Brown’s funeral. In the black community, there is a total distrust of the judicial process. Black folks – from the young and unemployed to the upper-middle class — don’t believe Wilson will stand trial for Michael Brown’s death and they feel the grand jury has been dragging its feet. It didn’t help that sources told The New York Times that, so far, there has not been enough evidence presented to the grand jury to indict Wilson. Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting. It seems like that would be enough evidence to indict and let Wilson stand trial and present all the facts in the sunshine.

On Saturday, Rev. Al Sharpton condemned Wilson’s reported testimony, saying Wilson’s claim to be in fear of his life is the “same excuse” as others who fatally shot African-American teenagers. Sharpton also announced a four-day rally he will lead in Ferguson from Oct. 31-Nov. 3 to support Michael Brown’s family.

“We were involved in Trayvon Martin. We were supportive of Jordan Davis,” Sharpton said during his weekly National Action Network rally in Harlem. “The strange thing is that all of them used the same excuse …  The only gun there was Darren Wilson’s! Strange parallels with all of these cases.”

For the first time, Wilson’s account of the shooting was told through a story in the Times. Wilson told investigators he was trying to leave his car when Brown shoved him back in, the Times reported. Brown pinned Wilson in his car and tried to get his gun, which made him fear for his safety, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed government officials familiar with the federal civil rights case. Wilson told authorities that Brown hit and scratched him repeatedly, leaving bruises on his face and neck, according to The Times. FBI forensic tests showed the gun was fired twice in the car, with one bullet hitting Brown’s arm while the second one missed, the newspaper said.

In addition to Wilson’s uniform and gun, forensic tests found the teen’s blood on the interior door panel of his car, The Times said. But Wilson’s account did not include an explanation of why he shot at Brown numerous times even after they got out of the car, according to The Times. A preliminary autopsy showed the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

Dorian Johnson, 22, who was walking with Brown on the street when the shooting occurred, told CNN that Wilson pulled up and told them to get on the sidewalk. Johnson said Wilson grabbed Brown by his neck, but he tried to pull away as the officer pulled him toward. Wilson drew his gun and fired, hitting Brown, Johnson said.

When Brown ran away, Wilson followed him and fired, according to Johnson. Brown turned around with his hands up and told the officer he was unarmed, but the officer fired and Brown hit the ground, Johnson said. Sharpton had a number of pointed questions for Wilson.

“First of all, if you stopped him — Michael Brown and his friend — walking down the street, what led to the scuffle? … Secondly, how does he and you get in your car? You trying to do what by yourself?” Sharpton asked. “Now, if I go with you with your story all the way to that —  that Michael Brown was shot, gets up off you in the car —  why are you trying to tell me that a man … ran back at you when he knew you had the gun and you already shot him?”

I don’t know what the grand jury will ultimately decide to do but I do know, according to the Times, that Wilson’s account did not explain why he shot Brown six times when Brown was unarmed.

Shouldn’t this critical piece of evidence factor into the grand jury’s much-anticipated decision?

What do you think?

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22 thoughts on “Ferguson Update: Did Darren Wilson Truly ‘Fear For His Life’ In Brown Shooting?

  1. VBucGreen on said:

    The person crying Black privilege needs to look up the meaning, because if you knew the Real meaning of Privilege, you would not attach it to black people.

  2. Carlton Lovelace:

    While you are entitled to your opinion, do not get discouraged, because in the end, the “strong” survives, and black people are survivors. God is going to make the enimies black people’s footstool. The last will be first!! This is why the enemy is resorting to violence, because they know this is coming.

  3. I READ THESE COMMENTS AND EVERYTHING IS RACIST,WE KNOW AS A PEOPLE THAT NOTHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THAT COP HE’S WHITE THATS ALL THAT MATTERS HAVE ANYBODY REMEMBER TRAVON MARTIN NOTHING HAPPEN TO ZIMMERMAN AND HE’S STILL CREATING CHAOS HE HAS A LICENSE TO DO WHATEVER,AS FAR AS VOTING I DONT HAVE NO VOTING RIGHTS IF I DID I STILL WOULD NOT VOTE FOR THESE CROOKS THAT CALLS THEMSELVES LEADERS OF A PEOPLE EVERY 4 YRS PEOPLE GO OUT TO VOTE WHEN YOU VOTE FOR THE RIGHT PERSON HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY HELPS YOU THE SAME THING KEEPS GOING ON REGARDLESS WHO YOU VOTE FOR.WE AS BLACK PEOPLE NEEDS TO STOP CRYING AND COME TOGETHER LIKE MARTIN L. KING DID BUT WE HATE OURSELVES MORE THAN THE WHITE PEOPLE DO.

  4. Black America need to form their own police task force! It can be done! Create another black Wall Street! Boycott the white establishments; just like to bus boycott. And yes, Judges could never be trusted even more so now!

    If you keep backing a person in the corner, eventually they are going to attack! People can only take so much! BLACK PEOPLE, there is FORCE in NUMBERS; become MORE DETERMINED to get out and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!

  5. Firewalker on said:

    Race Card – A tool of the intellectually weak and lazy when they cannot counter a logical arguments factual data. Lets try a simple test what if Mike Brown was white and Officer WIlson was Black?

  6. seriously on said:

    It is not reasonable fear to be afraid of anyone unarmed with their hands ups….Especially when the so scared had a gun. This was murder and if that POS is so scared of unarmed people he needs not to be on the police force….This was murder.

  7. Tell the coward kkks to stop profiling black people! White cops have been killing black people unjustly for decades! Wilson the coward was not in fear of his life. He has just pure evil and hatred in his heart, and he will be dealt with from a higher power; as all evils that have been committed in America against black people.

    • You are absolutely Right! I wonder and have for some time, do they think or not believe they will answer to a Higher Power? They all will one day beg Black Folks for forgiveness and others who they have wronged; of course it will be too late, because it’s no coming back from Hell!

    • @EiB I agree, we have had dogs sicked on us, we have had water sprayed, we have been beaten in our heads, for over decades, this is just history repeating itself, see there is nothing new under the sun, When it comes to GOD, its just a new day, but the same old crapp, its called racial profiling, back then in the 60’s it was ok to beat us, hang us, or shot us at any given moment. but this District attorney will not get a grand jury together because if you got the KKK sitting on that seat, and the judge on the bench who is also racist ,, then they will be no arrest of this officer. and we know now
      that this officer will not face any consequences, unless that Racist district attorney decides ,, if Mr. brown should have been shot six times… Peace be with all of us,

  8. Michael Brown was un-armed–so how was the cop in fear-the only fear White cops seem to have is an “imaginary” fear of Black people!!!!!!

    Stop making excuses tor what that RACIST POS did-he murdered a young man in cold blood!!!!!

      • Techlife on said:

        Black privilege is a very expensive privilege, if a black man, woman and sometime child has to lose their life so the Black privilege can be seen in main stream America. If Black privilege means, demanding that our lives are treated with value and consideration as all life should be. Then black privilege will stay in the face of everyone that refuses to honor life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

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